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S. Korean Coast Guard shifts its stance over controversial speculation on death of S. Korean fisheries official
Updated: 2022-06-17 12:13:38 KST
The Coast Guard has changed its stance on the presumption it made in 2020 about a South Korean fisheries official who was killed by North Korea's military.
Back on September 21st, 2020 North Korea shot dead a 47-year-old South Korean official in waters on the northern side of the Yellow Sea.
The South Korean Coast Guard at that time said that the official appeared to have been defecting to the North which his family flatly denied and asked the government to disclose any information.
But on Thursday, the Coast Guard announced that it has found no evidence that would suggest the official was trying to defect.
And aside from an apology, the Coast Guard is also going to disclose the documents from its investigation.
This comes as the presidential National Security Office suspended a judicial procedure pursued by the previous Moon Jae-in administration to block the disclosure of confidential information on the official's death.
The NSO added it hopes the latest decision would help overturn some unfair measures from the past.
Lee Ji-yoon, Arirang News.
Reporter : jiyoonjlee@arirang.co.kr